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  • FunBITS: Her Story for iOS and Mac
    with the sudden accessibility of CD ROM technology the genre came back with a vengeance The market was flooded with games based on full motion video such as Under a Killing Moon The Beast Within A Gabriel Knight Mystery and the controversial Phantasmagoria The problem was almost all of them were terrible I listed the better ones Technology at the time severely limited the video quality The acting fell somewhere between a workplace instructional video and late night Cinemax But most of all the gameplay was often lousy Since everything in the game had to be expensively pre recorded many interactive movies had fixed paths and you had to know the exact thing to do at the exact time or be faced with a frustrating game over screen I wasted more time than I care to admit playing Johnny Mnemonic and I don t think I completed even five percent of the game Not only were interactive movies bad they were expensive to make Ground Zero Texas a truly awful game cost Sega between 2 and 3 million which was astronomical at the time It wasn t long before the technology gave way to 3D rendering But maybe the format has a second chance Her Story is an interactive movie for the iPhone iPad and Mac that breathes life into a dead art form It was created by Sam Barlow creator of Silent Hill Shattered Memories and stars actress and musician Viva Seifert The multi platform desktop version costs 5 99 from the Her Story Web site while the iOS version costs 4 99 Note that it s a large download the iOS version is a hefty 1 76 GB For this review I played through Her Story on my iPhone 6 Her Story is a game only in the loosest sense of the word You sit at an old computer terminal searching for and viewing short clips of an interrogation from 1994 about the height of the last interactive movie craze The goal of the game is to watch all of the clips and you ll know you re done once you receive an instant message The interactivity of the game comes from how you reveal the story It s possible to skip straight to solving the mystery of what exactly happened or you could take a long winding path that leaves behind more questions than answers Fortunately you can pin video clips you find interesting so they re easily accessible later You can also tag clips with your own notes If that description seems vague I apologize but I can t say much without giving away major plot points I d hate to spoil such a lovely twisted plot Seifert gives a believable performance and fans of True Detective and Twin Peaks will enjoy watching the macabre story unfold Once you start uncovering the backstory to the main plot you won t want to stop Note that there is some adult language so this isn t a game

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  • The Swift Doctrine
    using other Web browsers in the future For more info see our privacy policy Close Get TidBITS via Email RSS Podcast Twitter Facebook iOS App Calendar My Account Log In Create Account Subscriptions Take Control Account Info Logout About Accounts Member Benefits Sections Apple Watch Business Apps Entertainment External Links Home Macs Inside TidBITS iPhone iPad iPod Just for Fun Macs Mac OS X Media Creation Networking Opinion Problem Solving Safe Computing Tech News Watchlist Weekly Issues Issue 1317 18 Apr 16 1316 11 Apr 16 1315 04 Apr 16 1314 28 Mar 16 1313 21 Mar 16 1312 14 Mar 16 1311 07 Mar 16 1310 29 Feb 16 1309 22 Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members ScanSnap Smile Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 08 Jul 2015 Print Comment 2 The Swift Doctrine by Josh Centers Is musician Taylor Swift secretly influencing Apple In a humorous post at Six Colors Philip Michaels ponders the question

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  • Finding Clues to the Next Apple TV in iOS 9
    some curious decisions but to switch from Monty Python references to The Princess Bride that s just inconceivable Even more curious is why the Apple TV is being used as the gateway Wouldn t using AirPort base stations make more sense since those already act as Internet gateways I think HomeKit is a clue about bigger things to come for Apple TV Maybe you re still unconvinced Well at this point I doubt anything I say can make you a believer But can you explain why Apple recently gave the Apple TV its own section in the Apple Store after years of burying it Also consider this the Apple TV is the only inexpensive user friendly way to display iTunes content on your TV Regardless of how popular or profitable it is it s an essential piece of Apple s overall ecosystem And Apple still ships more Apple TVs than digital media streaming devices sell from Roku Google or Amazon No the Apple TV is not dead It s merely resting The Clues If the Apple TV is not pushing up daisies what might be in its future Clues abound in Apple s recent operating system announcements While Apple still struggles to maintain both OS X and iOS at the same time it has found ways to build synergies between its operating systems Features will be developed on one platform and later move to others The most blatant example of this was Mac OS X 10 7 Lion in which many iOS innovations went back to the Mac and the most recent example is Force Touch migrating from the Apple Watch to the MacBook line I bet the next iPhone will support Force Touch as well iOS 8 offered a number of clues about Apple s watch ambitions Widgets interactive notifications voice messages Health and Handoff all foreshadowed significant aspects of watchOS And even though not every iOS 8 feature appeared in watchOS some showed us what Apple was thinking like contact shortcuts in the app switcher Just as iOS 8 offered clues about the Apple Watch I think iOS 9 contains clues about Apple s thinking about the next generation Apple TV One of the biggest complaints about streaming boxes like the Apple TV is that search is a mess Let s say you wanted to watch the brilliant but recently cancelled show Hannibal Since the Apple TV offers no system wide search you have to dive into each app to see if the show is there After a bit of digging around you might figure out that it s for sale in iTunes and recent episodes are on Hulu Plus but it will take some work Things are slightly better with the Fire TV since it has both system wide search and voice search So with a word you d discover that Hannibal is available on Prime Instant Video But what about shows not on Prime That gets more complicated Amazon s search will direct you to shows on Hulu Plus but not Netflix Thankfully iOS 9 offers a solution in app search Thanks to a new Spotlight API developers will be able to tie their apps data into the system wide search For example searching Spotlight for bacon might bring up a number of bacon related recipes in Paprika How great would this be on the Apple TV With in app search you could use a single search box to find out that Hannibal is available in iTunes Hulu Plus and on Amazon Prime Instant Video OK that last one is a stretch but a guy can dream right Another new search feature in iOS 9 is Siri Suggestions When you enter Search by sliding to the left most screen iOS 9 offers a number of suggestions immediately including recent contacts recently used apps nearby places and news items Imagine Siri Suggestions on the Apple TV Bring up Search and it might recommend recently watched TV shows suggested shows and movies and maybe even suggested music if you subscribe to Apple Music Siri Suggestions on the Apple TV could even have its own news section with video links to the day s top stories Speaking of Siri it has some interesting new features in iOS 9 that could also be useful on the Apple TV You ll be able to search for photos and videos with Siri so you can say Show me photos from San Francisco or Show me videos from August 2013 Combined with iCloud Photo Library that would be a handy feature on the Apple TV You can also tell Siri to remind you of something you re currently looking at in iOS 9 So you could tell Siri on an Apple TV Remind me to watch this later while viewing a movie listing A new iPad feature in iOS 9 is a natural for the Apple TV picture in picture When you re watching a video on the iPad in iOS 9 if you press the Home button the video keeps playing shrunk down to a small window in the lower right corner of the screen You can move and resize this window as well as use in window controls to play or pause the video restore it to full screen or dismiss it This would be great on the Apple TV as you could keep watching a video as you re browsing around the interface looking for the next thing to watch Outside of iOS 9 the beta for OS X 10 11 El Capitan also holds a possible clue about the next Apple TV Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac discovered a settings file that references a new Apple Remote with a multi touch trackpad infrared sensor and possibly Force Touch These sorts of hidden device references have been discovered before and are usually accurate indicators of upcoming products though I m not holding my breath So Where Is This New Apple TV If Apple hasn t killed the Apple TV but has

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  • A Tour of Apple Music
    Library is that the service is offered to everyone in your Family Sharing circle so it solves the aforementioned problem of iTunes Match not being included in Family Sharing Customize Customize The For You view suggests albums and playlists tailored to your tastes To get started tell Apple Music which genres you like and don t like by tapping the buttons If you re familiar with Apple Music s ancestor Beats Music this screen will look familiar Tap a genre bubble once to indicate that you like it and watch the bubble grow Tap it again to indicate that you love it and watch it grow even larger To delete a genre entirely on iOS press and hold a bubble a countdown appears after which the bubble vanishes In iTunes just click the x on the button If you make a mistake you can tap Reset to start over Next you ll be prompted to voice your preference on specific artists using the same bubble interface I found this part frustrating as the selection of artists was limited and mostly outside of those I listen to Yes I love Jimi Hendrix and like Van Halen but they re not artists I listen to every day Thankfully Apple Music is smarter than it seemed It figured out that if I like Hendrix and country then I d probably also like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson Some of its other suggestions are more perplexing and I hope it will improve over time Others such as designer Khoi Vinh have had less than stellar results he s unimpressed that Apple couldn t do better out of the gate given how much data the company has available about our musical preferences If your tastes change over time you can rejigger them at least in Music on iOS Tap the head icon in the upper left and tap Choose Artists For You to change your preferences You can also tailor your preferences on the fly Tap the heart on a song or a playlist to tell Apple Music that you like it That heart is now a prominent icon across all of Apple s music platforms including iTunes and even the Now Playing glance on the Apple Watch Unfortunately there is no list of favorited songs and playlists To add a song to your music collection you either need to tap the button or tap the button and choose Add to My Music I think Apple should have combined these two buttons because if I like a song why wouldn t I want it in my collection 35 Million Songs and Nothing to Listen to You might recall from A Visit to Pandoland Where Silicon Valley Meets Music City 20 June 2015 Marc Ruxin of Rdio pointed out that the biggest challenge that music streaming services face is 35 million songs and nothing to listen to meaning that users are often left to their own devices to discover music they might like Like Rdio Spotify and similar music streaming services once you subscribe to Apple Music you re free to listen to whatever you want with some limitations Apple has been cagey about just how many tracks Apple Music offers it s not the full iTunes Store catalog but I ve found the selection to be as good as if not better than any of its competitors Apple Music already has a few exclusives such as Dr Dre s The Chronic and Taylor Swift s 1989 that you won t find on any other streaming service It also has Led Zeppelin which was previously available only on Spotify However it doesn t yet have The Beatles When you find an artist like Beats Music before it Apple Music gives you a detailed artist bio and recommends similar artists But Apple Music goes even further in trying to find stuff for you to listen to and here s where its roots in Beats Music shine There s the aforementioned For You section with personalized recommendations There s the New section with a smorgasbord of newly added content iTunes Radio is still sort of there as well though it has been somewhat neutered see Missing Features below The human curated playlists of Beats Music are still around so there s stuff like Intro to Taylor Swift that gives you an overview of an artist s work There are thousands of available playlists some incredibly specific like Somethin Bout a Truck Country Pickup Truck Songs and Workout Anthems Rock Dig around enough and you re sure to find a playlist you ll love And there s also Beats 1 Apple s live worldwide radio station with human curated content Beats 1 Killed the Video Star Of all the features in Apple Music Beats 1 might be the most fascinating despite being an old idea a live radio station manned by human DJs Many online commentators have rolled their eyes at Beats 1 making the joke that Apple has now invented FM radio As someone with an analog Sony pocket radio on his desk I say these snarky commenters are missing the point Chances are outside of college radio it has probably been decades since you listened to a radio station where the DJs actually picked the music As radio stations consolidated music selection was ripped from the DJs hands decided instead by computer algorithms and the marketing departments of record labels You ll rarely be surprised by what s played on the radio Here in the Nashville broadcast area some of the country stations are so pre planned that you can literally set your watch to them What Beats 1 brings is the unexpected I happened to catch Zane Lowe s Beats 1 kickoff Lowe gave a brief rundown of the philosophy of Beats 1 before playing the first song It s not about fanfare that s fireworks and a hangover the next day It s about quality and consistency he said before kicking off Beats 1 with City by Spring King It was a surprising choice and one that I think few listeners had previously heard He followed it up with the new Beck single Dreams then later brought out AC DC s For Those About to Rock Throughout the first day I kept tuning into Beats 1 never knowing what I d hear next Sometimes it was hip hop sometimes electronica I never heard country jazz or classical but I wouldn t be surprised if they were slipped into the mix at some point I ve also heard some folks say Beats 1 doesn t play anything I like To me that s the equivalent of asking Where s my parade You re not going to like every song played on Beats 1 and that s kind of the point though of course those who find they dislike most of what Beats 1 plays are unlikely to tune in more than once Beats 1 exists to expose you to stuff you otherwise wouldn t know exists If you have highly specific tastes in music Apple Music offers plenty of other options for you What makes Beats 1 exciting is personality Like any great media venture its beginnings feel rough around the edges The playlists are haphazard the DJs say crazy off the cuff things like I m going to take your kids away and give you a headphone moment and in true Apple fashion there was an outage on the first day It doesn t feel like a media venture from the world s biggest company but instead like a pirate radio station down the street In a word it s fun The other great thing is the social factor Beats 1 provides a single shared experience so you can go on Twitter and Facebook and have a conversation about the thing you re listening to In today s fragmented media world Apple might be one of the few companies that can provide a shared experience for millions of people I ve also found that Beats 1 acts as a home base for Apple Music It s what I turn to when I can t think of anything to play Some have said that Beats 1 is very unlike Apple but I disagree It perfectly mixes technology and humanity and isn t that Apple s very core Like any other radio station you can request a song Apple World Today has compiled a list of all the ways to request a song including a Twitter hashtag iMessage and even old fashioned phone lines Another neat feature of Beats 1 is a weekly show hosted by singer St Vincent where she creates a custom playlist for a random lucky fan How s that for personalization Note that Beats 1 censors explicit content from the songs it plays Some have complained about that but it s a smart move Parents can play Beats 1 with their kids in the car and businesses can play Beats 1 without fear of offending customers If you want to hear explicit content you can find the uncensored songs on Apple Music Hello Connect My Old Ping The last major component of Apple Music is Connect a social network where you can follow your favorite artists You might remember its first incarnation Ping Ping lived a short unhappy life and to this day it s still the butt of jokes But Ping wasn t a terrible concept it was just executed terribly It added clutter to iTunes without much value As much as we like each other my wife and I have very different musical tastes so even we seldom care about what the other is listening to Connect is more subdued than Ping First of all it lives in its own pane out of the way Second while there isn t much there yet what s there is actually interesting For example Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails one of the brains behind Apple Music has posted instrumental versions of some of his albums a concert video and a backstage picture of himself with Lou Reed Nothing earth shattering but hardcore Nine Inch Nails fans were thrilled Out of the gate Connect automatically follows every artist it can find in your iTunes library To change who you follow on iOS tap the head icon in the upper left and tap Following Then you can choose to stop following artists automatically find more artists and curators and unfollow artists Happily if you don t care about Connect you can disable it entirely in Settings General Restrictions Apple Music Connect You will have to enable restrictions but that in itself doesn t do anything other than allowing you to enable individual restrictions Disabling Apple Music Connect replaces the Connect tab with a more useful Playlists tab Missing Features Apple Music is essentially the love child of iTunes and Beats Music so it was inevitable that the kid wouldn t have all of the features of both of its parents One of Beats Music s unique features The Sentence is absent in Apple Music As you may recall from FunBITS What Sets Beats Music Apart 16 May 2014 The Sentence let you create custom playlists by filling in the blanks in a Mad Libs style interface So you could create a sentence like I m in the club and feel like saving the world with no regrets to indie I can see why Apple dropped it as it was as baffling as it was novel but I m still sad to see it go I hope Apple eventually brings it back in some form with Siri support Another Beats Music innovation I miss is the circular scrubber around the play pause button for rewinding and fast forwarding Again I see why Apple dropped it for something more familiar but I liked it as it reminded me a bit of the iPod click wheel There s one last missing feature that grinds my gears Remember iTunes Radio Apple s Pandora clone that would play music related to a particular song or artist It still exists but is barely recognizable Previously you could start adding a new station specify an artist or song you like and then create your station but now it s not as obvious Don t worry though your existing stations are still there You can still create a custom station but you do so by searching for an album artist genre or song scrolling down to the Stations heading and then choosing that station For instance if I wanted to make a station based on Where Is My Mind by the Pixies I would search for that song scroll down and then tap Where Is My Mind Radio under the Stations heading You can also create a station directly from a song you re listening to On those custom stations you can tap the star which replaces the heart while listening to tune the station to play less of or more of that type of music There s another way to create a custom station on the fly Siri Just tell Siri something like play AC DC radio In fact one of the best things about Apple Music is its Siri integration which makes possible commands like play Beats 1 or play 1989 where Siri guessed at Taylor Swift s new album correctly despite the ambiguous name But outside of favoriting tracks the rich editing options previously available in iTunes Radio are gone Want to exclude Nickelback from your rock station Too bad so sad This is a huge step backwards for no good reason To make things confusing Apple has also added human curated stations like Pure Pop and The Mixtape which cannot be customized Jim Dalrymple has explained Apple s radio reasoning The idea behind the curated stations is that Apple doesn t want you to worry that favoriting or skipping a song will mess up your station Apple hopes that the new curated stations will produce more songs you like resulting in fewer skips However if you re listening to a station you created yourself or a station you started by searching for a specific artist or song the heart becomes a star and tapping the star while listening to a song gives you options to play more or less of that kind of song So you can t fine tune the Classic Rock station but you can tailor Hank Williams Radio I understand Apple s reasoning but I still miss the more detailed per station settings Going back to missing features as I write this Apple Music isn t yet appearing on the Apple TV On the upside you can still customize your iTunes Radio stations there Poor Apple TV why has Apple forsaken thee Apple Music support is surprisingly spotty on the Apple Watch You can control playback and favorite songs from the watch but you can t directly access any content not specifically added to My Music including Beats 1 WTF iTunes iOS 8 4 with Apple Music support launched on 30 June 2015 at 11 AM Eastern time which was crucial because Beats 1 launched one hour later iTunes 12 2 which brought Apple Music to the Mac didn t appear until several hours later at the end of the day see iTunes 12 2 1 July 2015 Many assumed that there was some snafu at Apple s end but I think it was a deliberate decision While Apple Music in iOS is a pretty good experience it is a train wreck on the desktop And I stop at train wreck only because TidBITS is a family friendly publication Start with iTunes 12 s labyrinth of an interface Now add three new tabs when Music is selected on the left For You New and Connect That s the baseline From there add in the fact that Apple Music was clearly designed as mobile first with the desktop a distant afterthought Look at all the white space in the Connect pane Then stir in a good dose of bugs For example when I checked my For You preferences the bubbles inexplicably drifted to the right side of the screen and even off of it I started to wonder if my desk was level Finally there s the fact that iTunes is missing a number of Apple Music settings There s no way to change who you re following in Connect or any way to change your For You pane from iTunes Those capabilities exist only in iOS To say that Apple Music feels like an afterthought on the Mac is being kind Apple this is sloppy work at best It would have been better to hold off on releasing Apple Music on the desktop than to release it like this Perhaps the problem is iTunes which needs to be rethought completely It s a program that was originally designed for ripping sorting and playing MP3s that has since had grafted onto it a music store a video player a video store a podcast player an app store iOS device management capabilities and now a subscription music service If iTunes were a car it would be a Model T with stability control GPS navigation and a front end loader tacked on marketed as new for 2015 The Beats Goes On Despite my reservations I ve found Apple Music more compelling than any other music service I ve tried It s great to see Beats Music s curated playlist and recommendation engine reaching a broader audience On paper it hits everything I want in a music service a broad track selection multiple jump off points for discovering new music integration with my existing music library and clients for both the Mac and iOS But my reservations are pretty major I hate how it applies DRM to music I already possess and I also hate what Apple has done to iTunes Radio The iTunes interface is awful though usable These

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  • Just for Fun
    s writing career dates back to the introduction of the Mac in the mid 1980s and he s been a fixture ever since penning both articles for numerous Mac outlets and a variety of books including the classic Sad Macs Bombs Other Disasters and one of the first titles about the iPhone our Take Control of Your iPhone We d say that we ll miss him but we re sure that Ted will still be popping up on Twitter when he s not enjoying his time offline with his wife Naomi 18 May 2015 5 comments Comment on this link FunBITS Google Takes You to Abbey Road Google s interactive tour of London s Abbey Road Studios pulls back the curtain on one of the music industry s most storied spaces without being too much of a hard sell by Geoff Duncan 08 May 2015 Listen 16 comments FunBITS App Camp Quiz Compendium for iPhone Every summer at App Camp for Girls teams of middle school girls develop personality quiz apps to hone their iOS development skills Now you can see their work for yourself by Josh Centers 01 May 2015 TidBITS Hits a Quarter Century of Internet Publishing It seems like only yesterday we were reviewing Now Utilities and writing about the latest update to WordPerfect That s right TidBITS has now been publishing for 25 years making us one of the oldest Internet publications of all time Adam shares some of how we got here by Adam C Engst 20 Apr 2015 Listen 47 comments Make Your Own Apple II Watch No this isn t an April Fools Day joke Instructables user Aleator777 has released plans for a custom Apple II watch All you need to build it is a 3D printer and a few electronic components It even features miniature floppy disks and blinking LEDs But while the Apple II watch does display the date and time the rest of the software is mostly a novelty 09 Apr 2015 Stolen iPhone Turns BuzzFeed Writer into a Celebrity in China Matt Stopera s iPhone was stolen at a bar in New York City Whatever A year later photos from a guy in China start appearing in his iCloud photo stream OK that s weird Then he writes an article about it on BuzzFeed and his story goes viral In China Now things are getting stranger by the minute Finally he travels to China to meet the guy who ended up with his phone That s where the story becomes truly insane but also turns into a lovely tale of friendship across language and cultural barriers Read it now or if you re really busy you can wait for the movie Yes the movie 02 Apr 2015 1 comment Comment on this link Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS Put your company and products in front of tens of thousands of savvy committed Apple users who actually buy stuff More information http tidbits com advertising html IRS

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  • Make Sure You’re Getting OS X Security Data
    email address which won t be displayed Your comment will appear after you follow a link in the one time confirmation message we send to verify that you re a real person There s a poorly worded checkbox buried in the App Store pane of System Preferences that if you misinterpret the interface can result in your Mac failing to download critical anti malware data Adam Engst unwittingly had it set wrong and if you do too read on to learn how to get it right Receive comments via RSS Add a comment Simon 2016 03 31 06 49 To me the crucial question is if disabling it means I will NEVER EVER get these updates for example as part of an OS X update or a security update If so then I might turn it on once in a while If not I ll leave it turned off The reason is really quite simple Same reason I don t allow any other auto updates Apple simply screws up too often If I can t trust their updates won t cause any issues I need to stay in control myself That way when things do go south I at least know where to start looking and I have an idea about how to fix things But if I allow Apple to update all kinds of stuff all the time how do I have any idea what it is they screwed up when my system starts misbehaving such as in this recent totally inexcusable Ethernet snafu Worse yet I have no idea how stable my systems will run if I cannot control who gets to mess with what Nope Until Apple gets it together and they regain their quality mojo I will not let them auto anything on any of my systems Reply Adam Engst 2016 03 31 09 39 I presume that all these data files are also rolled into OS X updates or more general security updates but I haven t been able to confirm that Reply Simon 2016 03 31 11 30 I would want to think that should happen But When I check Software Installations I note that neither of the ones you have highlighted in your screen shot are listed on my systems It appears as if they were never installed Is it possible they only get listed if they re not rolled into another security update Reply Philipp 2016 04 01 05 30 Same on my Mac neither of the ones highlighted in this article are listed on my system I followed the instructions and waited 2 days even tried the Terminal command none of them installed Hm Reply andrew linden 2016 04 03 22 03 My approach has been to leave unchecked the App Store preference pane s automatic update check and to check for updates once a week when running Time Machine backups for the household I refuse updates to iTunes for as long as possible on the grounds that it is actually spawn of the devil rather than a useful application Running OS X 10 9 5 I reset the App Store checkboxes and waited some days as instructed in the article I now magically have several of those installations for the first time ever i e no previous versions are listed in the table displayed by System Information the earliest entry there is for the 10 8 2 update from November 2012 though perhaps they are as you would expect rolled into the security updates available through Software Update and so are not listed separately I m about to jump to 10 11 4 and will uncheck the App Store preference for automatic update checking before I do It will be interesting to see what default settings I m left with afterwards In any event I expect to be turning on the checking regularly in order to have the latest Gatekeeper and Xprotect stuff and to be turning it off when the iTunes nagging annoys me too much update Having just burned a whole day failing to move to 10 11 4 I have some observations reinstalling 10 9 5 13F1712 does not change the previously selected App Store system preferences and does not result in an installation of the configuration files After the reinstall I reset the App Store preferences to check automatically for security updates and the CoreLKSD Gatekeeper and XProtectPlist config files with identical version numbers to the ones installed five days ago have only just been reinstalled while I was typing these comments you can no longer depend on a bootable USB installer unless you have tested it by actually installing a copy of the OS I ve never previously had a problem with a downloaded OS installer failing to verify or throwing fatal errors during installation I ve been using that technique without a single hitch for a number of years but the ones I created on the 23rd of March from OS downloads after the certificates were renewed if that is the correct term both failed to complete leaving me unable to boot my working partition Perhaps unreasonably I associate these difficulties with the whole sign in to the App Store rigamarole and Apple s continuing push to tighten its grip over its users Reply Adam Engst 2016 04 01 10 24 So you re running El Capitan you have the appropriate checkbox selected and you tried the Terminal command and they re still not installed Reply Philipp 2016 04 01 11 24 in my case yes they re still not installed Reply Adam Engst 2016 04 01 15 44 In that case I have no idea unfortunately Reply Keith Swanson 2016 04 01 15 55 I was in the same situation Checked the box waited and tried the terminal command No luck But after a reboot they appeared in the installations list Reply Philipp 2016 04 08 11 17 Starting in safe mode helped finally I tried again this time starting up in safe

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  • Security Update 2016-002 (Mavericks and Yosemite)
    Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members ScanSnap Smile Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Related Articles OS X 10 11 4 Improves Notes iBooks and Live Photo Support 21 Mar 16 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Watchlist 24 Mar 2016 Print Comment 0 Security Update 2016 002 Mavericks and Yosemite by Agen G N Schmitz Apple has issued Security Update 2016 002 for OS X 10 9 Mavericks and 10 10 Yosemite with a few security fixes that cross over from the concurrently released 10 11 4 El Capitan see OS X 10 11 4 Improves Notes iBooks and Live Photo Support 21 March 2016 The update patches an Apache related vulnerability associated with processing a maliciously crafted png file that could lead to arbitrary code execution multiple memory corruption issues related to XML and an issue with OpenSSH that could expose an information leak and a buffer overflow Free For 10 9 5 Mavericks 370 8 MB for 10 10 5 Yosemite 462

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  • Safari 9.1
    21 Mar 16 1312 14 Mar 16 1311 07 Mar 16 1310 29 Feb 16 1309 22 Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members ScanSnap Smile Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Related Articles OS X 10 11 4 Improves Notes iBooks and Live Photo Support 21 Mar 16 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Watchlist 24 Mar 2016 Print Comment 0 Safari 9 1 by Agen G N Schmitz Apple has released Safari 9 1 for OS X 10 9 5 Mavericks 10 10 5 Yosemite and 10 11 to 10 11 3 El Capitan it s bundled into 10 11 4 El Capitan see OS X 10 11 4 Improves Notes iBooks and Live Photo Support 21 March 2016 The update brings an updated version of WebKit with enhanced support for images CSS and Web formats plus it improves Web Inspector performance and prevents JavaScript dialogs from blocking access to other Web pages It also receives several security patches including fixes for a cookie

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